- (in Islamic W Africa) a man learned in Koranic studies
- (in N Nigeria) a title and form of address for a learned or educated man
C20: from Hausa
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As she looked, Dora passed by, and broad-shouldered young Mallam with her.
She thought Dora must be charming, since Mallam was in love with her.
She said nothing of Dora Hutting's good-fortune or of Mallam's good looks now.
He forecast complicated tragedies, and saw Mallam darkening his life wherever he turned.
Eva had been very wayward, full of admiration for Mr. Mallam, and on the strict defensive against Jeremy's approaches.